Car Parking during Covid 19

Car parking charges will resume for patients and visitors from 11 January

Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) will be resuming car parking charges for patients and visitors from Monday 11 January 2021. This will include the reintroduction of parking enforcement measures.

To help the public prepare for the reintroduction of parking charges, in the lead up to this date the Trust's Car Parking Attendants will be applying warning notices to vehicles that are parked in such a way as to be likely to receive a Parking Charge Notice (PCN) from 11 January.  No vehicle or driver details will be collected during this phase of issuing warning notices.

Director of Estates and Facilities, Andrew Chatten, said: “Since the start of the pandemic our car parking barriers have been up, and our car parks have been open to the public, free of charge, to allow patients to easily access our hospitals. Parking remains free for those patients with long-term conditions who need regular, repeat visits to hospital such as for chemotherapy and dialysis”.

“Running and maintaining our car parks is expensive and these costs are rising year-on-year. All of the money we make from parking charges goes back into funding maintenance, upkeep, security, improvements to our roads and car parks and supporting provision of the popular Medilink bus service, which connects the park and ride facilities with our two hospitals.”

From Monday 11 January 2021 the tariffs for patients/visitors are as follows:


Parking time


Up to 30 mins


Up to 1 hour


Up to 2 hours


Up to 4 hours


Up to 8 hours


Up to 24 hours






Please see here for a map of the QMC and here for a map of our City site.

Thank you for your patience.

Travel by car and parking

QMC is on the western side of the city, just on the east side (inside) of the Nottingham ring road at its junction with the A52. The A52 crosses the M1 at junction 25.

Leave the M1 motorway at junction 25, and take the 'A52 to Nottingham', past Stapleford, Bramcote and Wollaton Park. As you pass the university on your right you will come to a large traffic island with QMC on the right immediately after the island. Turn right here, take the first slip road on the left into the hospital grounds and continue around the hospital perimeter road.

Parking at QMC

The Trust enforces parking rules at our sites. This means that anyone parking dangerously, obstructing red lined or hatchet areas, or failing to follow local parking rules could face a £50 fine (reduced to £25 if paid in 14 days).

The main patient and visitor parking areas at QMC are car park 1 (access on East Road) and car park 3 (access at the junction between East Road and South Road).

Follow the signs when arriving at QMC, or see the map below (click to enlarge).

Parking at MQC

Parking charges

Duration Charge
0-30 minutes Free
up to 1 hour £2
1-2 hours £4
2-4 hours £5.50
up to 8 hours £6.50
up to 24 hours £8
Weekly £20
Monthly  £30


One-week permits are also available from the car parking and security office inside the main entrance. Payment is by cash or credit/debit card.


Concessions are made for visitors who need to attend hospital regularly. Please ask a member of staff in the department you are visiting for more information.

All designated Blue Badge parking areas are free for those who are displaying a valid Blue Badge.  Any Blue Badge holder wishing to park in the barriered visitor car parks are required to pay the tariff. 

Read our car parking FAQs here:  Car parking FAQs - final.pdf [pdf] 346KB

Sat Nav

Please use the postcode NG7 2UH for Queens Medical Centre when using a sat nav.

Get directions from Google.

NUH Car Parking FAQs

Paying for your parking

Parking fees apply 24 hours a day, 7 days per week.

Motorcycles are exempt from parking charges but should always be parked considerately.

Parking payments are not transferrable between sites.


How will visitors be expected to pay for car parking?

Pay and display machines are available across all car parks across our site. You will be required to input the fee based on how long you will be visiting the hospital for and you will be issued with a ticket. The ticket should be displayed clearly in your car window.

Our pay and display machines accept coins only. We recommend you bring the right change with you.


Drop-offs and pick-ups

The parking management system at both hospitals allows up to 30 minutes for drop-offs and pick-ups. Visitors using the car parks for this purpose will need to collect a free 30 minute parking ticket from the pay and display machine on site and should display this in their car window.

Please be aware that spending longer than this in a car park without paying the appropriate fee, even if you stay with your vehicle, will result in a parking charge notice.


How does all this affect Blue Badge holders?

All designated Blue Badge parking areas are free for those who are displaying a valid Blue Badge.  Any Blue Badge holder wishing to park in the barriered visitor car parks are required to pay the tariff.


What happens if my appointment runs late and I haven’t paid for enough parking?

We advise that you select a car parking tariff which allows enough time for you to attend your appointment and make it back to your car and accounts for any delays.

There are also Pay on Foot car parks (barrier controlled) would be the better options if appointments have the potential to go over time or be delayed.


Exemptions / Discounts

Under certain circumstances, patients or visitors may be entitled to discounted parking (concessionary) or Free parking (Congress) - for example, in the event of a patient having to attend regularly (e.g. Chemotherapy ). These decisions are made on a case by case basis and patients and/or their relatives are required to discuss this with ward managers in the first instance.

Patients can find out more information about the criteria here:

Also those who are in receipt of specific benefits can also claim the parking charge back at the general cashiers desk (B Floor - QMC) or the Finance office (St Francis building) City hospital.


What other travel options are available for those visiting our hospitals?

We will never have enough spaces to meet the demand on our car parks and therefore we continue to work with our partners to maximise the alternative transport options for patients, visitors and staff to help reduce the traffic and congestion at our hospitals.

Other travel options include:

·         Tram

·         Bus (Medilink)

·         Cycle routes


Parking Charge Notices (PCNs)

Please note that motorists who fail to pay the appropriate tariff for their stay or otherwise breach the car parking terms and conditions at either hospital may be issued with a PCN by the Trusts contracting partner First Parking. These charges are set at £50 or £25 if paid within 14 days.

If you have received a PCN following your visit to either of our hospitals, you will need to contact First Parking directly to pay the charge. This is done by following the instructions printed on the PCN.

We encourage anyone who feels they have received a PCN unfairly to contact First Parking to lodge an appeal. To raise an appeal you must follow the instructions on the PCN and all the appeals processes are done online.

Additionally, any registered vehicle keeper who has had their appeal rejected by First Parking will have their appeal reviewed further by the Trust, if however the Trust appeal is also rejected a letter will be set via First Parking to communicate the outcome. This rejection letter will also give details of a third and final appeals process which can be raised through the independent body POPLA (Parking on Private Land Appeals) within 28 days.

The only method of appeal is via the First Parking online service.


Who can I contact with any more questions or if I have a problem?

If you have a query or need advice about parking options and charges please contact:

Car Parking Office, City Hospital: 0115 969 1169 ext 52013

Car Parking Office, QMC: 0115 924 9924 ext 62072